Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Sunday, 4 March 2012

04-03-12, Fuar Tholl, Glen Carron, NW Highlands - Winter Climbing

View from the top of Fuar Tholl.
 I am over working in the NW highlands again this week for Martin Moran. There was a dusting of snow this morning and today the weather was fair and pleasant. There are some old snow patches still hanging in high up, but most routes harder than grade I/II are non existent, and there are few climbable at that grade. Andy and Stewart are on a technical winter climbers course and hope to feel confident leading grade II winter climbs and have experience of seconding harder. Today we refreshed winter skills, cramponing and boot work, snow belays, bucket seats and buried axes, then the guys led the first couple pitches of Access Gully, II, (Fuar Tholl) before I took over. The weather looks set to be cold for the next few days so hopefully ice on the Ben Nevis will be improving.

Andy and Stewart climbing Access Gully, II

Looking south from the summit.

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